Tim Hudson was carted off the field in the eighth inning tonight with what we’re assuming is a broken ankle — how could it not be? — during the Braves’ game with the Mets. Hudson had been working on a shutout when the injury occurred, with two outs, as he covered first on Eric Young’s grounder.
UPDATE: MLB just announced that Hudson sustained a fractured right ankle, and will have surgery in Atlanta when swelling goes down.
Young — who appeared to be in tears as trainers worked on Hudson on the field — stepped directly on Hudson’s ankle as the two stepped on first base.
As one fan said on Twitter, “I’m just glad he’s not dead.”
Tim Hudson gave the crowd a quick smile while being rolled off on the stretcher http://t.co/mG8FwNCuOj
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) July 25, 2013
Very difficult for anyone who knows Tim Hudson to see this injury. Awful development for him & the Braves.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 25, 2013
Here’s an animated GIF of the injury, if you’re inclined to see it over and over.
In 20 starts coming into Wednesday, Hudson had gone 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 123 2/3 innings. He held the Mets to two runs on four hits in 7 2/3 innings before the injury.
I know I've told y'all before, but #TimHudson is my hero. Eric Young Jr. is a class act, too. Tough injury to see.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) July 25, 2013
#Braves announce Tim Hudson sustained fractured right ankle, will have surgery in Atlanta when swelling goes down.
— MLB (@MLB) July 25, 2013